About me

Expat Panda is where I share the journey of my life as a 20 something, South African expat living in the Middle East. I’m a book lover, burger addict, over thinker, and occasional fitness freak. I spend my free time planning my next trip, planning my next lesson or planning my next meal (sometimes all similtaneously).


As much as I would like to tell you about my love of perfectly mixed milkshakes and long walks in the moonlight, there is one thing more than passionate about and that is, the  truth! This isn’t just a travel or expat blog, this is real life and in between. I began Expat Panda because I wanted to keep and share a record of my life and encourage other  teachers to travel. I thought blogging might give me a space to share my musings and perhaps inspire other people. So you can expect all sorts of tips for what it’s really like to live in the Gulf.


Teaching, traveling, spicy food, photographing, pandas, eating, cycling, and making kids laugh are a few of my favorite things.


I wold love to connect, collaborate and chat so don’t be shy to comment or contact me to get in touch!

P.S. The home page illustration is from idrawpandas. Other panda illustrations are from these talented creators.